App offers virus information for Africa

App offers virus information for Africa

The Kenya-based Regional Centre for Mapping of Development Resources (RCMRD), which focuses on mapping, remote sensing and related fields in Africa, has launched a web application dedicated to monitoring the spread of Coronavirus across the centre’s 20 member states in Africa.

Its aim is to offer accurate and real-time statistics on the number of active cases, recovered cases and reported deaths related to the virus.

The centre is using data compiled from the World Health Organization (WHO) Daily Situation Report. The data is crosschecked and compared with information published by the health ministries of each country mentioned before it is updated.

The aim of the application is to provide the public, policymakers and relevant agencies with access to accurate data to keep in touch with the situation around them, particularly with the social distancing and lockdown of all activities and movement in most states.

The information will also, it is hoped, help those who access it to understand the growth of the crisis – and the risk factors associated with the pandemic – and support decision-making.

The application also allows the general public to make contributions on how to improve the data curated by the application.

This and other useful maps can be found at rcmrd.maps.arcgis.com/home/index.html

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